Primary School

Year 3 Curriculum Overview Summer 2014 – 2015

Summer Curriculum Overview 2015

Addition and Subtraction

  • add and subtract numbers mentally, including:
  • a three-digit number and ones
  • a three-digit number and tens
  • a three-digit number and hundreds
  • add and subtract numbers with up to three digits, using
  • formal written methods of columnar addition and subtraction
  • estimate the answer to a calculation and use inverse operations to check answers
  • solve problems, including missing number problems, using number facts, place value, and more complex addition and subtraction


  • measure, compare, add and subtract: lengths (m / cm /mm); mass (kg / g); volume / capacity (l / ml)
  • add and subtract amounts of money to give change, using both £ and p in practical contexts
  • record and compare time in terms of seconds, minutes and hours; use vocabulary such as o’clock, a.m. / p.m., morning, afternoon, noon and midnight
  • know the number of seconds in a minute and the number of days in each month, year and leap year
  • compare durations of events, [for example, to calculate the time taken by particular events or tasks]


  • interpret and present data using bar charts, pictograms
    and tables
  • solve one-step and two-step questions [for example, ‘How many more?’ and ‘How many fewer?’] using information presented in scaled bar charts and pictograms and tables.


  • count up and down in tenths; recognise that tenths arise from dividing an object into 10 equal parts and dividing one-digit numbers or quantities by 10
  • recognise and use fractions as numbers: unit fractions andnon-unit fractions with small denominators
  • recognise and show, using diagrams, equivalent fractions with small denominators
  • add and subtract fractions with the same denominator within one whole [for example, 5?7 + 1?7 = 6?7]
  • compare and order unit fractions and fractions with the same denominator.
  • solve problems that involve all of the above.

Geometry: properties of shape

  • recognise that angles are a property of shape or a description of a turn
  • identify right angles, recognise that two right angles make a half-turn, three make three quarters of a turn and four a complete turn; identify whether angles are greater than or less than a right angle
  • identify horizontal and vertical lines and pairs of perpendicular and parallel lines
  • measure the perimeter of simple 2-D shapes.


Pharaoh in our bath! – Children will use the famous story by Jeremy Strong as a stimuli for short writing opportunities such as descriptions and instructions. The children will also write the next story in the Pharaoh series.


Teeth and Eating – Children will learn the names of the different teethe we have and how we can keep our teeth healthy (including which foods to avoid eating lots of!). They will also learn how to correctly brush their teeth. This unit will include an afternoon talk from the dental nurse.

Rocks and Soils – Children will look at where rocks can be found in everyday life, investigate the strength of rocks and learn how soil is formed and why it is important to look after it.


Egypt – The whole of the Summer term will be used to cover the term Ancient Egypt. The children will begin the topic by investigating a range of Egyptian artefacts and move on to using an Atlas to find where Egypt is in the world. In this theme the children will learn important skills such as making a timeline of events, carrying out research into the lives of others and comparing localities. The children will also learn all about why the Ancient Egyptians relied on the River Nile and mummification. They will try writing in hieroglyphics and creating their own tomb paintings. This topic will include a full day trip to the Oriental museum to take in part in the workshop ‘Mummies Unwrapped’.


Programming algorithms.


Swimming (every Monday morning), tennis and athletics.

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